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Performing im/mobility: Going beyond the testimony trap

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In 2012 Alexandra D'Onofrio set up a series of theatre workshops as part of a larger research project using a variety of arts and creative techniques to carry out a methodological investigation into the interior and imaginative lifeworlds of migrants. A group of actors and researchers were joined by three young Egyptian migrants in a workshop using drama exercises to illuminate the ways in which they formed stories to narrate their lived experiences. This piece discusses the impact of distorted media discourses around migration and the ways in which audio-visual, performative and textual anthropological representations of migration can be used to highlight the political responsibility of bringing people's experiences, aspirations, contradictions and voices into the public realm.
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Keywords: collaborative research methods; counter-narratives; ethnography; imaginative lifeworlds; migrant theatre; mobility; testimony

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2019

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  • Performing Ethos is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream.
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